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    Apple cider/wine?

    Hi guys, I just got two gallons of apple juice. A picture is attached in case if you need to see the ingredients or have any other questions. I was wondering if you happen to know a simple apple cider or apple wine recipe that I could use. I bought the juice for the glass jugs but would like to...
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    Equipment sterilization

    Thank you Toonster and everyone who spent time responding to my post.
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    Alcohol to stabilize wine?

    Scooter68, I completely understand your point and "I am on your side" here. I am afraid that a chemical free wine is a dead end hobby. If this means the wine (country wine) that I make would have to be consumed pretty young then so be it. I just hope that a combination of methods such as ultra...
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    Alcohol to stabilize wine?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question. Adding sugar before drinking is not an option. Totally kills the romance :). As far as sterile filtration - I already purchased Buon Vino pump and a set of filters. #3 is 0.5 microns. I hope it will work. I could add a small amount...
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    Alcohol to stabilize wine?

    Scooter68, wxtrendsguy, and Doug's wines, thank you all for your comments. I very much respect and appreciate your suggestions. I completely understand your points and agree that I need to get a good book to grasp fundamental concepts. Now, one problem. My wife is very much into organic food. If...
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    Alcohol to stabilize wine?

    As far as I understand, a sign of the end of secondary fermentation is when all sugar is consumed. My question is if it is possible/makes sense to add alcohol to wine to stabilize it if you want sweet wine?
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    Heat mat

    As a newbie I use 1 gallon jars so I do not waste large quantities of food. Even 15-20 watt heaters can provide enough power. I really like the idea to have a thermostat. This way I'll have a peace of mind that I am not going to overheat and also it should help with the consistency.
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    Equipment sterilization

    I understand that equipment needs to be clean but what is a big deal if you have some dry wine in your carboy and you pour another batch in there? Just curious.
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    Heat mat

    Great idea to keep the temperature stable. I am envisioning something like a bucket lined with a blanket and with the heater inside.
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    What is this drink?

    Thank you Sour_grapes and JohnD, The problem calling it wine is that forum members suggest SG readings that are not applicable for this drink. Also the difference between wine and this drink, as far as I understand, is that wine fermentation stops when yeast run out of sugar. With this drink...
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    What is this drink?

    Guys, thank you all for your support. I'm a new member here but already received some great tips and learned a few things about winemaking. I also realized that the recipe that I am using (came from my grandma) is not wine. If someone could help me identify it, it would be a huge help. The...
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    Heat mat

    Hi guys, anyone has experience with heat mats that are controlled by a thermostat? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IDQD32Y/?tag=skimlinks_replacement-20
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    Primary fermentation

    Johnd, I understand that sugar might act as a preservative and not allow the fermentation process to begin. In my case a lot of sugar was not dissolved so the fermentation would begin and then sugar slowly dissolving as yeast consume the sugar in the water/juice. You are also absolutely correct...
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    Primary fermentation

    Yes! Thank you. I did not know that at some point I should stop shaking the must. I guess I am going to let my current batch that is over two weeks old to sit for a few days (suggestions how many?) and then filter it and begin second fermentation. Now, in your post you said "The first stage of...
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    Primary fermentation

    yes, you are absolutely correct. The reason I decided to join this forum is to get tips from pros like yourself and get better without ruining a lot of good food.
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    Primary fermentation

    Thank you Donatelo. I did not mean to hurt anyone's feelings by calling these tools toys. In fact I am a systematic person and keep record of what I am doing. The recipe that I was using only requires 1 cup of water per 2.5lb of sugar. I am afraid if I try to dissolve the sugar it will turn into...
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    Primary fermentation

    Thank you for the list of the toys I need to get. "A Wine Thief for extracting samples of wine" I thought it was me for a moment but then realized that it's something else LOL. Any suggestions on pH/TA equipment? I am also considering a heat mat with a controller to keep must at constant...
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    Primary fermentation

    Wine is already very dark. Because I am using a lot of sugar and only relying on wild yeast wine remains sweet even when fermentation stopped due to the alcohol level. Everything fit in one jug. It was 2" short of being full. I had to remove two cups of berries one week into the fermentation...
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    New guy from Colorado Springs.

    Thank you Arne, It looks like hydrometer is a must. Any suggestions which one is the best? Reasonable cost is important but not the deciding factor.
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    Primary fermentation

    Hi Guys, Any good way to tell if primary fermentation is completed? Yes, I can get a hydrometer and check the readings for several days and see if the reading is still the same, BUT: - The process started 16 days ago - 1 gallon jug is still bubbling every 15 seconds - I feel if I continue...
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